SELKIRK – William J.
Cronin, Jr., 87, passed away on Thursday November 20, 2014 at his
daughter Linda’s home in Selkirk. “Bill” was the son of the late
William J. Cronin Sr. and Ogarita “Beulah” Harder and step-son of
the late Catherine Cronin.
Bill drove tractor trailer for ESSO, now Exxon, for many years and
also worked part-time as a police officer for the Village of Ravena
in the 1960’s. Bill, along with his wife “Gerry” owned and operated
Cronin’s Hardware in Ravena until they retired in the mid 1980’s.
Bill was a World War II US Navy veteran, member of the Ravena
American Legion Post, the Tin Can Sailor’s, past member of the
Ravena Fire Co., the Ravena Rescue Squad and the R.C. Yacht Club. He
was currently a member of the R.C. Sportsman Club, Coxsackie Gun
Club, and he was very proud to be a life member of the NRA. Bill
loved rifle and trap shooting competition. He also enjoyed many
endeavors such as boating, golfing, bowling, motor cycles,
snowmobiling, and flying planes!
Bill is predeceased by his loving wife, Geraldine Wilsey Cronin who
passed away in 1994. Survivors include his children, Linda (John)
Moore of Selkirk, Wayne (Carol) Cronin of Tempe, AZ and Sherri (Mark
Brate) Cronin of Selkirk; brothers, Robert (Anita), Kenneth (Chris),
Michael (Mary Jo) and Richard Cronin; grandchildren, George Travis,
Brian (Deidra) Travis, Colleen Moore and Courtney and Kelly Cronin;
great- grandchildren; Skyler and Riley Travis, and Oystin and Jacob
Travis. He is also survived by his loving companion Jeanette
The family would like to thank Community Hospice of Albany,
especially Lindsey and Lacy, for their compassion and the care given
Funeral services will be held 10 AM Monday, November 24th at the
Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena. Interment will follow in Chestnut Lawn
Cemetery, New Baltimore. Friends may call at the funeral Home Sunday
from 4 to 7 PM.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate contributions in
memory of Bill to be made to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New
Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.